Time is running out.
Nia Long and Storm Reid to star in the next installment of the Searching film franchise titled Missing for Sony’s Stage 6 Films. Will Merrick and Nick Johnson directed and penned the screenplay based on the story by Sev Ohanian and Aneesh Chaganty. Missing will be in theaters, January 20th.
When her mother (Nia Long) disappears while on vacation in Colombia with her new boyfriend, June’s (Storm Reid) search for answers is hindered by international red tape. Stuck thousands of miles away in Los Angeles, June creatively uses all the latest technology at her fingertips to try and find her before it’s too late. But as she digs deeper, her digital sleuthing raises more questions than answers…and when June unravels secrets about her mom, she discovers that she never really knew her at all.
Joaquim de Almeida, Ken Leung, Amy Landecker, Tim Griffin and Daniel Henney also star in the thriller.
Check out the trailer below.
Natalie Qasabian, Sev Ohanian, Aneesh Chaganty are producing with Timur Bekmambetov, Adam Sidman, and Jo Henriquez on as exeuctive producers.
If you’re wondering how Missing will be tied in with 2018’s Searching, Director Johnson says “you’ll catch a lot of fun callouts to the first movie. But all that said, it’s a totally new family and new story, and it’s not like a direct sequel in the traditional sense. It’s really another installment in the Searching universe.”
As Johnson pointed out, most missing person thrillers, including Searching, see a parent searching for their lost child but with Missing, “we wanted this movie to be bigger and better in visual style. And inject as much of a youthful energy into it. So, telling the story about a child looking for her mom really presented great opportunities for that.”
Merrick added that Missing is “all about growing up and realizing that all the adults in your life have these far more complex lives than the box you put them in. And so, I like people who see the trailer knowing that that’s what the movie’s going to explore.”
Like Searching, Missing uses technology and social media as tools in not only how the protagonist looks for their missing loved one but also in how the film itself is designed. As such, the filmmakers use actual spps to lend Missing a sense of realism.
“Our hope has always been to portray the world of the Internet as closely as we can to ground the movie. We never like when movies falsify, cheesily, certain apps,“ Johnson said. “Our goal has always been to try to stay as true as possible to apps. So you’ll see all sorts of the usual apps that everyone uses in the movie, throughout. And that’s part of the fun of it.”